Welcome to the Kickstarter page for The Blues And The Abstract Uke, the second album from The Paul Hemmings Uketet. This recording has been in the works for the better part of a year so I’m eager for it to finally see the light of day. But before it does, I’m launching this campaign to ask for your support to help fund this project and see it through to completion.
The Blues And The Abstract Uke is a portrait of the blues, a series of instrumental vignettes filtered through the lens of my ukulele-fronted jazz group. But instead of painting with broad strokes, my intent was to detail a handful of the many different shades of the blues. So you’ll find visceral blues standards like Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out and Please Send Me Someone To Love alongside the impressionistic balladry of Sittin’ On Top Of The World. Intricate jazz compositions such as Jim Hall’s labyrinthine Careful and Wes Montgomery’s West Coast Blues are contrasted by the hillbilly shuffle of Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues. And you’ll also find four of my own original blues-influenced compositions.
Helping me bring all of these tunes to life are some of my very favorite musicians. In addition to yours truly on ukulele, you’ll hear Gaku Takanashi on bass and Rudy Royston on drums, and on several tracks we’re joined by Greg Tardy on tenor saxophone and Curtis Fowlkes on trombone. It’s no exaggeration to say that this has easily been one of my favorite ensembles to work with, and I feel like that definitely comes through on this recording.
Now that the recording side of things has concluded, it’s time for mixing, mastering, artwork, CD manufacturing, and then distribution, publicity, and promotion. All of these things cost money, of course, which is why I’m launching this Kickstarter campaign. In recent years, crowdfunding platforms have changed the way that countless albums have been made by offering independent musicians like myself an opportunity to directly connect with potential backers to secure funding for their creative projects.
So I come to you now to ask for your support in bringing this labor of love to life. The $8000 budget will go toward studio fees, mastering, disc duplication, and paying my musicians. If we exceed our goal, the remaining funds will go toward publicity and promotion. But please keep in mind that every Kickstarter campaign is an all-or-nothing proposition – if we don’t meet our goal we don’t get to keep any of the funds raised.
I hope you’ll consider lending your support to this project and help me get The Blues And The Abstract Uke out of the recording studio and into the world.
Risks and challenges
Most of the risks and challenges associated with completing a project such as this have to do with adhering to budgets and deadlines. Things have a tendency to come up that inevitably lay waste to even the most carefully crafted projections and timelines. (Some of you already know the story about my son being born prematurely a few days after our initial recording date!) But that's why I've waited until this point in the project to launch this campaign. Now that the work in the studio is completed, the post-production will be a lot easier to keep on schedule. I also have a much clearer picture of what the total production costs will be. While challenges may still arise, I'm confident that we'll be able to meet our deadlines for fulfilling our commitments.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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